Circus Trees Kick Off The Race For Best Of 2019 With Sakura

Is it too early to declare a body of music as a “must have” for the new year? If not, then I’d like to nominate Circus Trees. Since we debuted “Impermanence” over on the Deathkiss Radio Show on the now defunct WEMF last year, Malborough’s sibling triple threat has been playing out and honing their talent in preparation for what’s sure to be a phenomenal 2019 for Circus Trees.

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LIYA Urges You To Listen To The Sickest Darkwave Of The New Year With Latest EP

It’s truly a wonderful thing when a promo comes across the digital desk and far exceeds expectations based on comparisons within the press release. In the case of LIYA, the singer/songwriter from Tel-Aviv blows away The Birthday Party and (Gasp!) Depeche Mode references on her latest EP Listen. [Read more…]

Scalp The Pioneer’s Fentanyl I See Is The New Noise Your Ears Need To Kick Off 2019 Right


EP’s like Scalp The Pioneer’s latest (Fentanyl I See, out now) are a tough cookie to crack when it comes to a proper review. You’ve got three tracks adding up to maybe six minutes of music yet the music within is so intense and intricate that it kinda demands a lot of words despite the low runtime. [Read more…]

PIG Gets You Through The Holidaze With Black Mass

“Previously in the world of Raymond Watts…”

Seriously, though, with each release that <PIG> has put out this year I feel the need to have a title card akin to Star Wars explaining what has happened up until now. But at the end of the day, we can all agree on one thing: There is no such thing as too much <PIG>!

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Audiotopsy Deliver Diabolically Delightful Sophomore Album With The Real Now

It’s sad because in today’s musical climate, great music gets swallowed up on a regular basis. Luckily for you, our loyal readers, we’re here to shine a light whenever possible on said diamonds in the rough! Today we’re focusing on a band that shouldn’t need an introduction….but here it is anyway! [Read more…]

Emigrate’s A Million Degrees Is The Last Album In 2018 You Absolutely Need To Pay Attention To

Holding off on finishing my year end list has proved fortuitous but fortunate especially when considering a new outing from Rammstein guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe’s Emigrate project imminently awaits release. The album in question, A Million Degrees (Emigrate’s third), is a late year surprise and will no doubt astound and appease restless Rammstein fans until that band returns with a new studio offering in 2019. [Read more…]

Nachtmystium Prove Resilient Upon Return

It’s been a long, troubled road for Black Metal bad boy Blake Judd but he is finally back with some new Nachtmystium that’s as much an evolution of the band as it is a celebration of their triumphant return. Resilient is the name of the new EP and also a fitting description of Nachtmystium and after a quick instrumental, we’re off an running as an anguished cry heralds the coming of the title track which follows. [Read more…]

Birnam Wood Remind You That 2018 Ain’t Over Yet With Big Mammer Jammer Of A Record Called Wicked Worlds

The power of the riff is alive and well in 2018 and Birnam Wood’s latest slab of sonic supremacy is all the proof in the pudding you need. On their latest, Wicked Worlds, the MA purveyors of heavy awesomesauce move and groove in ways that will astound and confound so hold onto yer butts as it’s bound to be a bumpy ride! [Read more…]

Benthic Realm Make Masterful MA Metal On We Will Not Bow

The most distinct initial impression fans of Second Grave will hear is how Benthic Realm moves. Gone are the long, slow builds that Krista Van Guilder fronted once before in that aforementioned doom outfit replaced with the urgency of a fresh band on the road towards some truly righteous gloom rawk. [Read more…]